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Thermal Energy from Renewables - References and Assessment (ThERRA)

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The definition of, and the methodology to measure, “renewable heat” are currently subject to debate. For instance,should heat pumps be included into the renewable heat statistics, and is heat from biomass and solar collectors properly accounted for? How should heat from waste be treated? Each country approaches these issues of definition and measurement differently, and methods to collect renewable heat statistics differ widely. The overall picture on the use of renewable heat in Europe is therefore unclear. This makes it impossible to know to what extent renewable heat contributes to an EU target according to which 12% of the total energy used in 2010 should be from renewables. It is also disturbs plans to create a European Directive on renewable heat. In order to overcome this situation, the ThERRA partners will develop and disseminate a method to monitor the amount of renewable heat used in the EU. The project team will test this method in 7 representative EU countries with the aim of creating an approach which key actors from across Europe will agree to.

Results

  • A definition of renewable heat
  • A protocol describing the methodology to monitor renewable heat, which complements the Eurostat methodology.
  • Figures of the production of renewable heat in the participating countries
  • A report describing the foundations of the methodology and the link with measured values.
  • Report on the status in the participating countries
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Lessons learned

  • It is too early to draw conclusions at the current stage of the project.
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Partners and coordinator

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Contact

NL Agency
Netherlands
Contact point: 
Name: 
Antoinet Smits
Tel: 
003146 4202 358
Name: 
Miett Tajthy-Carmelitano
Tel: 
0031-46-4202 304
Name: 
Mr Sliman Abu Amara
Name: 
Herman Gels
Tel: 
+ 31 30 214 78 37
Name: 
Miett Tajthy-Carmelitano
Tel: 
+31-30 214 7953
Name: 
Peter Wilbers
Tel: 
0031 30 239 35 01
Name: 
Lex Bosselaar
Tel: 
0031 30 2393 495
Name: 
Dr John Neeft
Tel: 
+31 88 6022 605
Name: 
Peter Wilbers
Tel: 
0031 30 239 35 01
Name: 
Nicole van Beeck
Tel: 
0031 30 239 3504
Name: 
Neeft john
Tel: 
+31 88 6022 605

Budget

In brief

Duration:
01/01/2006 to 31/12/2008
Contract number: 
EISAS/EIE/05/129/2005